On a day that he threw for a career-high in passing yards, tied Bryan Randall’s school passing touchdown record and broke Tyrod Taylor’s school mark for total offense, it was oh so fitting that erratic Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas also did things that led to the Hokies’ demise.
The polarizing senior simultaneously kept Virginia Tech in the ballgame Saturday and gave it away, throwing for a career-high 391 yards but also committing four second-half turnovers in the Hokies’ 34-27 loss to Boston College at Alumni Stadium.
It was enough to send the spiraling Hokies (6-3, 3-2 ACC), once thought to be in great position in the Coastal Division, on a path to their second straight loss to underdog opponents.
“I think our football team is in a little bit of a funk,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said.
Thomas’ last completion of the first half, a 14-yarder to tight end Kalvin Cline, moved him past Tyrod Taylor for first place on Virginia Tech’s all-time list for total offense. Thomas now has 9,463 career yards to Taylor’s 9,213.
He also tied Bryan Randall’s school record by throwing his 47th and 48th career touchdown passes. Thomas previously set the Hokies’ school records in completions, rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and passing yards.
But his 28 interceptions the last two years are also second most by a Hokies quarterback in a two-year stretch to Don Strock‘s 46 (in 1971 and ’72).
Josh Stanford, meanwhile, had six catches for a career-high 171 yards Saturday, the second most ever by a Hokies receiver in a losing effort under Beamer.
Cody Journell booted a career-long 56-yard field goal just before halftime that tied the longest in the NCAA this season. It tied for the third-longest field goal in Virginia Tech history and was the longest during Beamer’s tenure, topping Shayne Graham’s 53-yarder against Clemson in 1998.
Boston College running back Andre Williams ran for 166 yards on 33 carries, scoring on a 62-yard touchdown late. It gives him an ACC-best 1,176 rushing yards this year.
It was the most rushing yards the Hokies have given up to a single running back in 15 games, dating back to Giovani Bernard’s 262-yard day for North Carolina last year.
The Hokies, who entered the day tied for second nationally in sacks and 12th in turnovers forced, didn’t record a sack or a turnover Saturday. The last time that happened was at Miami last season.
Chase Rettig completed 11-of-14 passes for 93 yards and a score to help the Eagles (6-3, 3-2 ACC) end a two-game slide.